Amazing things can happen when science, art and nature combine. This green and versatile material has plenty of potential applications, including fashion.
Combining a blend of nature, art and science
Had you ever considered using roots as clothing? In the near future that might just be an option, because German-born artist Diana Scherer is working on that very possibility right now. Combining a blend of nature, art and science, Diana has been producing some fascinating materials with very promising results.
How do the roots know which way to grow?
For two years Diana Scherer studied the best way to “domesticate” the plants and their roots systems and how this differs in every plant, both in the shape and structure. For example she learned that chamomile has rough, woolly roots and grass silky ones; that oat and wheat are easy to train, but daisy roots grow slowly and with less structural conviction.
The artist places the seeds in a template and allows the roots grow into it, following the predetermined pattern of the template as they grow.
By controlling the roots and domesticating them to do her bidding, and by adjusting the density and even the strain of the seeds, Diana has been able to produce a variety of different textures.
Fashion, flooring and even potential automotive applications!
The next phase is looking into applications for the green technology, including fashion, flooring, and even the possibility of automotive applications.
In collaboration with the University of Nijmegen, Diana is currently working on how to create a more durable structure.
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